Five college basketball recruiting thoughts from Adidas Invitational
Florida commit Kasey Hill was most impressive player at the Adidas Invitational
Several 2014 prospects stood out, including D'Angelo Russell and Noah Vonleh
Led by Eron Gordon, Eric Gordon's brother, the future of Indiana talent is bright
After five days of action at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, many of the nation's top prospects lived up to the hype. Several college coaches called this year's event the deepest in recent memory, as players from both the 2013 and '14 classes shined. Here are five lasting impressions from the event after the final whistle.
1. Kasey Hill was the most impressive prospect at the camp. There should be absolutely zero debate over who the best prospect at the Adidas Invitational was. Hill, a Florida-bound point guard, was incredible over the five-day stretch. He found a way to play better in each and every game -- headlined by his 45-point outing in the semifinal -- and he led his team to the invitational championship title.
The 6-foot-1 floor general is the No. 7 recruit in the 2013 class and is arguably the best pure passer in this year's crop. He is also elusive off the dribble and demonstrated his ability to consistently knock down long jumpers when given space in Indy.
Future head coach Billy Donovan watched Hill like a hawk, and the two-time national champion didn't walk away disappointed. Hill should add a critical piece to the Gators' puzzle following his arrival on campus next year.
2. The rising junior class has plenty of depth. As admirably as the class of 2013 performed in Indianapolis, the class of 2014 truly stole the show. Five-star prospects D'Angelo Russell and Noah Vonleh were terrific, while four-star recruits Quentin Snider, Kelly Oubre, Leron Black, Marcanvis Hymon, Craig Victor, Daniel Hamilton, Trevon Bluiett, and Isaiah Bailey were all very solid. Though a year younger, the rising juniors dominated in stints.
Russell and Snider, in particular, stood out. They wowed coaches with their diverse offensive skills, fluidity moving through defenders and elite vision as passers. Noah Vonleh also showed his coveted versatility: He is a raw, powerful athlete who can play on the wing, in the high post or on the low block.
Black and Hymon might be two of the biggest sleepers in their class, as both forwards possess a relentless style of play. Both also currently hold offers to Ole Miss and Missouri, among others.
3. The future is bright for talent in Indiana. Indiana's class of 2015 continues to impress, with several prospects from the Hoosier State standing out in 15U action. Most analysts know about 2016 shooting guard Eron Gordon, Eric Gordon's younger brother, but in Indy, it was the other players who rose to the occasion. Forwards Michael Benkert, Ryan Welage and Brennan Gillis and guards Sean McGee and Dwayne Gibson all proved that they deserve top-flight D-I consideration.
4. West Coast wings took starring roles. Two of the top scorers at the event were five-star shooting guard Isaac Hamilton and four-star combo guard Jaron Hopkins, a pair of West Coast products who play for California-based AAU teams. Though already on the national radar, both boosted their stock after strong Adidas Invitational showings.
Hopkins is a dangerous scorer with excellent athleticism, a trait he displayed behind several big-time dunks. The 6-foot-5 guard also got to the rim consistently and showed quickness off the dribble, abilities that impressed coaches from UCLA, USC, Colorado, Kansas and Washington, among others. Hopkins could see additional offers start to pour in if he can improve his shot from beyond the three-point line.
Hamilton, a Los Angeles-based guard who led his team to a semifinal berth, is one of the most gifted players on the circuit at using his dribble to create his own shot. He showed nice touch in the mid-range game, an advanced understanding of how to play in tight spaces and a tremendous knack for scoring and distributing on the break. A 6-foot-4, five-star shooting guard, Hamilton wowed coaches from UCLA, USC, Kansas, Washington and Arizona State.
5. Keep an eye on DeRon Davis. Even though he has yet to attend a day of high school, the 6-foot-9 center is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about prospects in the entire nation. On championship Sunday in Indianapolis, Davis demonstrated why, unleashing his potential as a scorer and making his presence felt on every single possession. He already has a solid low-post repertoire and is developing the makings of a nice jump hook. Though far from a finished product, the young Davis turned some heads -- and could bring in some early offers in the not so distant future.
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